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Tina Nova

Veracyte said this week that it has appointed Tina Nova to its board of directors. She currently serves as president and CEO of molecular diagnostics firm Molecular Stethoscope, and she previously has served as senior VP and general manager of Illumina's oncology business unit. Nova also was a co-founder, director, president, and CEO of Genoptix Medical Laboratory, which was acquired by Novartis Pharmaceuticals in 2011. She serves on the board of directors of Arena Pharmaceuticals and is vice chairman of the board of directors for the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.